OLIVIA K. SMITH, FAMILY AND ELDER LAW ATTORNEY
I’ve been practicing law since May 2007. I realized early on that I enjoy working one on one with clients. I have no interest in creating a high-volume practice because that would take away from my ability to connect with each client and learn about that person as an individual. I view each case I have as unique and do not believe there is a one size fits all solution for anyone. I also believe that it is extremely important for you to trust me, feel connected, and know I am listening to YOUR concerns. So many times I have clients tell me that the other attorney they interviewed did not listen. I make every effort to hear what you are saying and incorporate your wishes into our decided upon course of action. My work in elder law and divorce/dissolution areas of practice is philosophically driven by personal experience.
My divorce/dissolution practice is guided by my belief that, while litigation is always an option, out of court settlements are usually best for your family. I am a step-mom and have a fierce belief that we, as adults, must strive to minimize the struggle children will be exposed to during and after the marriage termination process. Along with my personal experience, I draw from my previous experience as a Guardian Ad Litem in Clermont County. There I had the opportunity to represent the best interests of the children to the Court. Speaking with children immersed in the process of litigation provided me with a unique perspective from the eyes of children. Because I spend my time between this area of law and Elder law, I am very selective in what cases I accept. However, I will always be able to provide you with a competent referral if I cannot meet your needs.
Elder Law Practice
My Elder Law Practice is driven by my deep seated belief that the elderly population deserves respect and dignity. I grew up knowing all four of my grandparents and had special relationships with all of them. My maternal grandmother was a farm owner, business woman and homemaker. Her inner strength and pragmatism inspire me in this practice. My maternal grandfather was a surgeon. His kindness and compassion inspire me in this practice. My paternal grandmother was a homemaker and hospital volunteer. Her sense of humor and eccentricity inspire me in this practice. My paternal grandfather was business owner. His work ethic and faith inspire me in this area of practice.
They are all gone now, but they are why I am driven to help individuals in the later stages of life. For more details on the specific areas of Elder law that I practice, please see the subject of interest to you.
- Estate planning
- Long term care planning and asset protection
- Medicaid applications and qualification
I also know that it is important that you feel “in the loop” in your case. I strive to respond to your phone calls and emails as soon as I can. I strive to have honest and up front conversations with my clients regarding their personal circumstances. I strive to listen to your objectives and include those in our course of action. While I cannot guarantee any outcomes to your case, I will work for you and your interests diligently.
Accept my invitation to a consultation by contacting me now. I’m here to help.
- State of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for The Southern District of Ohio
- Anderson High School, 1998 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Virginia Tech, 2002 (Blacksburg, Virginia) (Go Hokies!)
- University of Baltimore, School of Law, Dec 2006 (Baltimore, Maryland)
- 2 Day Collaborative Law Training, Cincinnati, Ohio– February 2014
- 3 Day Medicaid Immersion Camp, San Antonio, TX – May 2016
- 1 Day The Ohio Medicaid Manual training, Columbus, Ohio August 2016
Being an attorney is a difficult job so self-care is a priority of mine. I am passionate about exercise as well as spiritual and personal development which ultimately helps me better serve my clients. I like running races – I ran 5 5Ks this summer and a mini-triathlon. You will rarely catch me without my Apple Watch (obsessed!). I love reading and listening to audio books to learn and also for pleasure. An adventure seeker by nature, I enjoy traveling during my off time. Some of the most exciting places I have traveled to are Thailand, China, Curacao, England, and New York City. My parents and brother live in Charleston, SC so I also visit there several times each year. Most recently, I visited Denver, Colorado for the first time. I ran the steps at Redrocks which was so cool! Next up, I want to attend a concert there. I am married have two step-children and three very misbehaved cats (1/3 pictured below). I look forward to getting to know you. Here are some candid pictures to help you get to know me better.